This Article is From Aug 05, 2013

Downpour, landslides claim six lives in Kerala

Idukki: Landslides triggered by heavy downpour claimed six lives in the high range Idukki district of Kerala on Sunday night.

The deceased included two children and two women as their houses on slopes of the hills were swept away by flash floods caused by heavy rains battering the area since Sunday, police said.

Casualties were reported from Kunchithanni, Karimannur and Urumbidam.

Roads linking the hilly district with the rest of the state have been blocked by boulders and rubble crashing down in landslides.

Idukki MLA Roshi Augustine said relief works are hampered by disruption in road traffic.

However, the district administration has geared up to meet the situation with the help of local people, Augustin said.

The Periyar river is in spate and the water level is rising in Idukki and Mullaperiyar reservoirs. Shutters of small dams have been opened.